Project funding, increased salary approved

By Wendy Byerly Wood -

Yadkin County commissioners authorized spending on two projects this week as well as increasing the hiring pay for a sheriff’s office employee who the sheriff says comes with a great deal of experience and certification.

A project already underway to provide upgrades to the county’s medical clinic is going to cost an additional $3,124 due to unexpected construction obstacles, such as the need to adjust the direction of the bathroom door so that it doesn’t open so close to patients at the check in station, explained Lisa Hughes, county manager, during Monday’s board of commissioners meeting.

Hughes said contractors Wishon Carter were unable to proceed with the project until the contract for the project was amended to include the adjusted work and new costs. The work is causing some disruption in the medical clinic, but with the amended contract approved, the work is expected to be complete by June 30.

The second project addressed is the addition of generators at the courthouse and the county’s administrative building. The courthouse generator already was purchased and is being installed, and Monday the commissioners authorized a contract with CW Electric for the purchase of a second generator to be installed at the administrative building.

The need for the generators comes from several instances of power outages in the region which have affected the servers and network systems, including one on a pay day. The cost for the newest generator is $20,470 and will be purchased out of the 2016-17 fiscal year, with the labor for the project being spent in the 2017-18 fiscal year, Hughes explained.

The generator will be installed in one of the parking spots on the backside of the administrative building along with a propane tank which will fuel the engine, said Dale Ring, of the county’s IT department.

Funding for both projects was approved unanimously by the commissioners.

Sheriff Ricky Oliver approached the board to request permission to hire a new employee, for the position of administrative support specialist II, at 27 percent higher than the entry-level salary. Hughes explained that she can authorize up to 20 percent over the entry-level rate, but anything above that must be approved by the commissioners.

The position being filled is one with a pay range of $28,581 to $42,873, Oliver explained. “The salary request falls within that range,” he told commissioners. “It requires quite a bit of knowledge and certifications.”

The employee handles all the paperwork and background checks required for concealed carry permits, keeps the sex offender registry up to date, submits paperwork to the State Bureau of Investigation, and handles all DNA collections which are court ordered as well as 50B domestic violence orders and other warrants.

Oliver said the candidate for the position has more than 12 years of experience with another agency and already holds all the needed certifications, as well as a notary and is a sworn officer. “She can hit the ground running and has a very good knowledge of the system.”

Commenting on how fortunate it is to have someone already certified and with such a wealth of knowledge and experience, the commissioners unanimously approved the 27 percent increased salary.

Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.

By Wendy Byerly Wood